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Algeria Marks 57th Revolution Day in Seoul
Algerian Envoy Hocine Sharaoui Hosts Reception
Algerian Ambassador to Seoul Hocine Sahraoui (3rd from left) cuts the cake with other foreign envoys at the reception held in Seoul on Nov. 1, 2011 on the occasion of its 57th Revolution Day. To his righ is S. Korea's Environment Minister Yoo Young-Sook.

Algerians celebrate Nov. 1 as Revolution Day, which commemorates the first successfully coordinated attacks by the National Liberation Front against French forces in Algeria.

Algeria has another national day — Independence Day, which falls on July 5, the day Algeria actually gained its independence from its former colonial ruler of France in 1962.

Both occasions were celebrated by Algerians both home and abroad. Most of Algerian families prepare Algerian traditional dishes.

Events and seminars are organized in its capital of Algiers and music concerts featuring Algerian artists are common on these joyous national holidays.

Many Algerians visit beach areas and enjoy playing or watching soccer games, the most popular sport in the second largest country on African continent.

On these days letters of congratulation pour in to the Algerian leader from the many leaders of the world.

In the early evening of Nov. 1, 2011 Algerian Ambassador to Seoul Hocine Sahraoui hosted a reception at Seoul’s Lotte Hotel as part of the celebrations of the 57th anniversary of the Algerian Revolution Day.

A number of both local Korean and international guests were invited to the dinner reception. Among the guests were numerous top foreign envoys serving in Seoul and their spouses.

From the South Korean government came Environment Minister Yoo Young-Sook.

Algeria used to take a pro-North Korean stance on the international diplomatic stage during much of the Cold War era.

The North African country received military support from North Korea in its battle for independence from France during the 1950s and early 1960s.

But with the opening of the former Soviet Union to the West Algeria began to pay attention to democratization and economic reforms.

In its course Algeria became interested in the economic development model of South Korea.

On the occasion of South Korea’s hosting of the 1988 Seoul Olympics Algeria and South Korean came to know each other better.

In 1990 both countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations. Embassies were opened in each country’s capital.

The bilateral relations between South Korea and Algeria started to develop by leaps and bounds.

In particular, Algeria focused on the economic cooperation with South Korea.

In 1998 Algeria withdrew its embassy from the capital of North Korea and vice versa.

In December 2003 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika visited Seoul.

Three years later, South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun made a state visit to Algeria, at which point the bilateral ties between the two nations were finally promoted to the level of “strategic partners.”






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